Marketplace for Friday, February 11, 2011

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Marketplace for Friday, February 11, 2011

Small talk: Expensive soccer games, real-life thinking caps

Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam talk to Marketplace staffers about the stories that didn't make the headlines. This week: the most expensive game in history, a new way to heat up the swimming pool, and a real-life thinking cap.

No go on zip codes

A California Court has ruled that retailers can no longer ask consumers who use credit cards for their zip codes, and then store the numbers. The move is a big blow to retailers who profited from using, and selling, that information.
Posted In: Retail

Nokia teams up with Microsoft

Nokia outfits its phones with Windows 7 in a move to rebuild its business and grab a piece of the last untapped phone market: Cell phone users who have yet to make the switch to smartphones.

Obama unveils housing finance plan

The idea is to gradually wind down government-sponsored mortgage re-packagers, which means consumers will pay more for home loans.
Posted In: Housing

The rewards and costs of democracy in the Middle East

From Egypt to Jordan to Yemen, people want democracy in the Middle East. But investors can sometimes punish new democracies for their lack of "stability."

Business experts react to Mubarak's resignation in Egypt

Reactions to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation, and what Egyptians might be concerned about next.

Weekly Wrap: Fannie and Freddie Mac, the federal budget

Kai Ryssdal talks to Leigh Gallagher from Fortune magazine and Sudeep Reddy from the Wall Street Journal about the dismantling of Fannie and Freddie Mac and what they hope and expect to see with the federal budget.
Posted In: Housing

Fashion stores go mobile in Portland

Portland, Ore. has a reputation for mobile food carts. But now you'll find trailers and buses selling clothes and fashion accessories.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Retail

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Out of Egypt, into the Great Laugh of Mankind, and I shake the dirt from my sandals as I run
Sufjan Stevens
(!!! Chk Chik Chick)
Saint Ignatius Belsse
The Insane Warrior
Hearts On Fire (Holy Ghost! Remix)
Cut Copy

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